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Merkel will step down as chancellor in 2021 - source

Angela Merkel told party top brass her mandate running to 2021 will be 'her last term', a party source said.

FILE: German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party, Angela Merkel, closes her eyes while speaking after exploratory talks on forming a new government broke down on 19 November 2017 in Berlin. Picture: AFP.

BERLIN - Angela Merkel will step down as German chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021, a party source told AFP on Monday, following a series of political crises and regional vote debacles rocking her fragile coalition.

She told party top brass her mandate running to 2021 will be "her last term", a party source said, adding that she has no plans to seek a post in the European Commission following that despite speculation to that effect in Brussels.